Red Lodge follows Bridger with Family Dollar Store

An architect's drawing of the proposed Family

Dollar Store in Red Lodge. Drawing courtesy

of O&C O'Neill and Company.

Red Lodge City Council has followed Bridger's lead and voted unanimously at Tuesday evening's council meeting to approve a Family Dollar Store at the northwest corner of Robinson Lane and Broadway. The store will cover a total area of 42,028 sq ft, with the building being 8,400 sq ft. There will be parking for 44 cars. The store will be retail with a "broad but not deep selection of merchandise" said Greg Wall, project manager of Leading Tech Development who will oversee the construction. The Planning Board had approved the business, feeling it would be compatible with the neighborhood and have minimal impact on surrounding land. The developers had also redesigned the outside of the building to be compatible with both the colors and historical nature of the town. Forrest Sanderson, Community Development Director, said the new business is the same size as Town Pump but noted that certain commercial uses have a greater impact. “A year ago it was standing room only for Town Pump, for this general retail no one came to the planning board meetings. The square footage and footprint on the ground is identical, 8,400 sq ft. Both places. You can see we don’t have torches and pitch forks outside the door this evening,” he said. Council member Bill Foisy said he wanted to see more consistency within the council and departments because even though this meeting was advertised, it was never stated it was a Family Dollar Store development, just a Leading Tech Development. Wall said the business would be “like a Walgreens and CVS Pharmacy. It will be very similar but without the pharmacy and photo department, and fragrance counter.“ He explained it will be a general retail store and not everything will be a dollar. The store will carry a broad selection of household convenient items at different price ranges. “They will carry the name brands and the Family Dollar items at discount,” he said. Wall was asked about competing with other retailers in Red Lodge. “Family Dollar Store is unique. We carry some groceries, but doesn’t consider itself in direct competition with the grocery store. It doesn’t sell gas like Town Pump. It will have some items that probably can’t be found here as easily; clothing, socks, toy selection and diapers, batteries, light blubs, but not near the depth or selection. It is meant to be a store that is convenient at reasonable prices. It’s not out to put another out of business,” he said. Family Dollar Store has been expanding into Montana. There is a store in Hardin, one in a planning phase in Bridger, and one almost complete in Dillon. The business is also building in Belgrade, Big Timber, Columbus, Anaconda, Darby and Cody. The store could be open 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. daily. The date of construction is to be announced. For more images please click here.